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Detective Pikachu

In the Pokémon universe, ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu, a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure ... [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Joshua Yehl
"While video game movies haven’t had the best track record, this movie is by and far the best example of how to do one right."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"You do have to be fairly well invested in the Pokémon franchise to appreciate the result (...) The furry yellow critter we see on-screen doesn’t look like it’s actually feeling the things it says."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
David Fear
Rolling Stone
"Strictly for the Pokémaniacs — in the best and worst possible ways(…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter
"[It] has its fitfully entertaining charms (...) There’s enough here to please both Pokemaniacs and the Poke-non (...) Letterman’s energetic direction manages to hold everything aloft."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Kate Erbland
"The 'mons are adorable and the effects are fantastic, but the first live-action Pokémon movie is oddly flat and strangely confusing (...) It seems that this particular game of Pokémon needed more time at the gym"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Steve Rose
The Guardian
"Without Reynolds this would be pretty run-of-the-mill; with him it’s a perfectly acceptable family movie (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
"The main problem is that the film’s gumball-mayhem plot is so frenetic that it’s impossible to determine if it makes a lick of sense."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Dave Trumbore
"Unfortunately, the half-baked mystery story relies heavily on tropes, two-dimensional characters (no pun intended), and too familiar twists and turns"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Truitt
USA Today
"[It] has ambition and style in spades – and thankfully, a plenty sassy Ryan Reynolds in the form of a little yellow rabbit-y dude (...) The story, however, is pretty convoluted and predictable (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Rob Leane
Den of Geek
"We'd happily return to Ryme City for a sequel (...) [It] has its flaws, but it's full of fun, easy to enjoy and unashamedly silly (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"[It] feels both ambitious and lazy, frenzied and sluggish (...) It’s not a complete failure: Reynolds works overtime to sell his middling dialogue"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"The film is muscularly constructed, yet oddly hollow (...) Once Pikachu’s cute-exterior/sassy-mouth dichotomy is established, the film has nowhere to go with the characterization."  NEU
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